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Bonnie Raitt Information

American blues singer/song-writer Bonnie Raitt began her career in 1971 and is still going strong. Known for her vocals and guitar-playing, Raitt has sixteen studio albums, including her self-titled debut album in 1971 and 2012’s Slipstream that is set to be released in April.

In addition, she has made four live and compilation albums and has been featured on a number of tribute and honor albums. The nine-time Grammy Award winning artist is best known for her singles, “Nick of Time,” “Something To Talk About,” “Love Sneakin’ Up On You,” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” She is also well-known for her political activism for which she protests nuclear power.

Raitt got her start in the music world as a freshman at Harvard where she majored in African studies. She met friend, Dick Waterman, while performing at spaces around the area and took a semester off to go to Philadelphia where Waterman relocated.

In 1970 while in New York, Newsweek Magazine began talking about her performances and Warner Brothers offered her a deal. She released her debut album, and even though she did not have much commercial success, she was met with much critical praise as there were not many female guitar players at the time.

Her next few albums were still well-received by critics, but it wasn’t until 1977’s Sweet Forgiveness that she had much commercial success. After a bidding war between Warner Brothers and Columbia, Raitt re-signed with Warner Brothers, but her next few albums did not garner much success. She was dropped by the label in 1983, even though she had just finished working on another album, Tongue & Groove, which was shelved.

Two years later, it was restructured and renamed to Nine Lives and released in 1987. She signed with Capital Records and it was there, after 20 years, that she found steady commercial success. With her album, Nick of Time, she went to the top of the charts and swept the Grammys. The next two albums, Luck of the Draw and Longing In Their Hearts, also met with similar response.

In 2000, Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the early 2000s, she released two more albums, 2002’s Silver Lining and 2005’s Souls Alike. At the 2012 Grammys, Raitt performed a tribute to the late Etta James with Alicia Keys. Her new album, Slipstream is set to be released in April, and will be followed by a tour. The tour kicks off on May 1 in Oklahoma and will continue on throughout the U.S. and Canada.